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University of Hartford, the Hartt School Student Testimonial

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Rachel Lloyd-Taylor

The Hartt School, University of Hartford

B.M. '18, M.M. '20

Why did you choose to attend this college?

I auditioned the day before a huge snowstorm in New England, so the day was crazy, and I didn’t feel like I was able to really experience campus. After my acceptance letter came, I decided to shadow a lesson with my future voice teacher, as well as observe a vocal seminar and vocal literature class.

I felt so welcomed, not only by the students, but by the professors too! They answered all of my questions, told me all the best study spots, and, most importantly, made me feel so excited for the fall! That one day really helped solidify my decision.

How did you decide which college and program was right for you?

I really enjoyed the opportunities that the vocal program offered, such as being a part of the Hartt Opera Theater, access to a huge music library, and talented professors and peers from all over the world. I also loved being part of the UHart campus community. I was involved with a lot of University clubs and activities such as working as an RA in the dorms and being a part of the orientation leaders program!

What was a typical day like in your college experience?

A typical day of a musician is always a super busy one! During my undergrad, I would try to get to Hartt an hour before class so I could warm up and practice for ear training or study for a piano quiz. Other classes we would all take would be diction, vocal coachings, choir, and my favorite, music history!

I know it sounds like a long day, but I really like being busy! I would usually stop and grab a coffee at the Starbucks on campus, if I needed some energy between classes. Sometimes in the evenings, I would have some free time but more than likely, I was in rehearsals either on campus or performing in the West Hartford area.

What was the most memorable moment of your arts program?

One of my favorite memories at Hartt was being a lead in the Hartt Opera Theater’s production of Lehar's The Merry Widow. Though the role was musically and physically demanding, I had so much fun being a part of the production! Not only was it a great experience to share with my classmates, it helped to remind me how far I had really come musically in four years.

What advice do you have for teens looking at arts colleges?

You are going to grow and stretch yourself in ways you could have never expected so be open to new things! It can be daunting, but you never know where an opportunity may take you, and how it can influence later artistic opportunities!